Alison share her experience-Ruben Clinic
I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend 2 weeks working in the Ruben Clinic as a nurse. Such wonderful, knowledgeable and dedicated staff, who go above and beyond for the care of their clients.
Many days presented many challenges, however one particular case was very sad and gives some insight into the challenges that the Ruben Clinic faces everyday. A mother had come to Ruben to get her weekly supply of Beans and Maize for the feeding program for HIV children who are underweight. Ruben supplements their family food until the children gain enough weight. This mother was waiting in the hot sun for a short time and then collapsed. She was carried into the Ruben Clinic unconscious and very dehydrated. After initial treatment she was able to talk. Her story is one of great sadness. She had lost her 3 month old daughter one month, ago, due to Pneumonia. Her other children aged 2, 4 and 6yrs were HIV positive as well as herself. Her husband died from HIV just after her baby died. She has been so depressed since losing her baby and her husband she has not eaten or really been able to care for her other children. She has no income and without the food from Ruben she could not feed her other children. No extended family and a community that is at the extreme end of poverty means that the help for this women and her children is very, very limited. How in this world today can this happen!!! Ruben does an outstanding job but even it needs more resources to help the people of the Mukuru community who struggle to have food and water for their families.